* ArchivePanic: 53 albums in 35 years plus all the ones released posthumously. Not to mention one of the most obsessive bootleg collection communities in all of fandom. Hundreds upon hundreds of high-lineage concert bootlegs zapping across the ether in lossless audio format as we speak. Not to mention the occasional rehearsal, alternate take, or unreleased studio album (!) that floats by. Good luck.
** In fact, it inspired the cover of the posthumous 1996 release ''The Lost Episodes''.
* CrazyAwesome: Nothing more needs to be said about the man.
* CreatorWorship: Saying anything bad, ever, about Zappa is liable to trigger his fans' BerserkButton. Scroll down for evidence.
* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Czechs Love Frank Zappa]]: Besides the fact that he was very influential in the country's underground scene and regarded as a symbol of anti-authoritarianism, Czechoslovakia's first post-Communist president, Václav Havel, was a huge fan of Zappa and wanted to name him government consultant on trade, cultural matters and tourism. The Bush administration, probably still pissed about the PMRC thing, torpedoed the entire idea, and Havel made Zappa a cultural attaché instead.
** Havel was imprisoned due to listening to Zappa albums - this is where the huge Czechlove comes from. Also, the Bush administration flat out said that they'd break off relationships if he were to be named so.
* DudeNotFunny: A lot of songs can get this reaction. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by a compilation titled ''Have I Offended Someone?'' collecting some of his most controversial songs.
* EarWorm: As artistic/innovative/influential/etc. as his music is, it'd mean nothing if it weren't also so damn catchy (see: ''Hot Rats'', "Eat That Question", "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance", etc.).
* EpicFail: One of his albums, Jazz from Hell, almost got censored for having inappropriate lyrics, problem is the entire album was {{Instrumentals}}.
** Reportedly, the issue the [[MoralGuardians PMRC]] had with the album was titling one track, "G-Spot Tornado".
** Truthfully though, the record store that added the label did so only because they knew nothing whatsoever about the album.
* EpicRiff: Many, including:
** "Willie the Pimp."
** "I'm the Slime"
** "Ms. Pinky"
** "Eat That Question," which is almost entirely made of epic riffs. Also "Cleetus Awreetus-Awrightus" on the same album.
** "Tryin' to Grow a Chin."
** The ''Shut Up and Play Yer Guitar'' trilogy, a collection of Zappa's live guitar solos, and quite possibly the greatest guitar album ever made.
* FaceOfTheBand: Didn't even found the Mothers of Invention, but took over almost instantly.
* FirstInstallmentWins: His first and third albums, ''Freak Out'' and ''We're Only in It for the Money'', are the only ones on ''Rolling Stone'''s ''500 Greatest Albums Of All Time'', despite being listed as one of the 100 greatest musicians by the same magazine.
* FridgeBrilliance: "Why Does It Hurt When I Pee" is obviously a parody of over-dramatic rock opera songs, and based on some crude humor, but consider this: What can be more heartbreaking than contracting an [=STD=] from someone you love and trust implicitly?
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: Some of the songs on ''[[Music/WereOnlyInItForTheMoney We're Only In It For the Money]]'' are based on the ludicrousness of the idea of cops killing hippies. Two years after the album's release, the Kent State murders happened.
** On ''Joe's Garage,'' Frank Zappa did a decidedly tongue-in-cheek ProgressiveRock parody called "Why Does It Hurt When I Pee?", about the title character contracting "an unpronounceable disease," and then died of prostate cancer. However, the song's still really funny.
* GeniusBonus: The premise behind the story of ''Joe's Garage''.
* HarsherInHindsight: Bassist Roy Estrada messing around with the baby doll in ''Baby Snakes'' wasn't quite as funny after Estrada was [[http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/02/22/3754559/former-frank-zappa-bassist-imprisoned.html arrested and convicted for child molestation in 1994 and 2012]].
** While it's a pretty safe bet that the 9/11 attacks weren't what Zappa had in mind, this line from the "Hydrogen" section of the chapter "All About Schmucks" in ''The Real Frank Zappa Book'' reads much differently today.
-->"Some people in the Imaginary Heartland of America might say,'''''Who gives a shit? They ain't going to get us. They ain't coming over here. Why, some of 'em don't even have air-o-planes'''''."
* HilariousInHindsight: In the former category, the line about hippies getting crabs in "Who Needs The Peace Corps?" became even funnier when Joe's Crab Shack released a psychedelic advertisement promoting [[AccidentalInnuendo "Peace, Love and Crabs"]].
** "You Are What You Is" described a black man who learned how to play golf and got a good score, pretty much predicting Tiger Woods' claim to fame.
* MisaimedFandom
** Became popular with hippies, a subculture he hated.
*** It's worth noting, though, that while he (justifiably) dismissed the subculture as a trend that wouldn't last, as a lifelong libertarian he was sympathetic to a large number of their socio-political aims, and the attacks on ''We're Only In It for the Money'' mostly ("Flower power sucks" in "Absolutely Free" is the most obvious exception) aren't on the hippie subculture as a whole but on people who were only participating in it for the sex, drugs, and/or (in the case of performers) money without caring about its social aims. By far his biggest problem with the subculture seemed to be that, while it was ostensibly aimed at attacking conformity, it had quickly evolved into yet another form of conformity due to how many people were participating in it. That said, this didn't stop him from relentlessly attacking the more ridiculous trends associated with the subculture, such as their fashion.
** {{Valley Girl}}s even though his song "Valley Girl" was really a TakeThat from Moon Unit Zappa at the Valley Girls at her school.
* NotSoCrazyAnymore: An almost immediate example: When ''We're Only in It for the Money'' came out a lot of people thought he was crazy because of all the references to cops shooting hippies. Slightly under three years later, the Kent State shootings happened. They were National Guardsmen rather than police, but other than that it occurred almost exactly as he predicted. The proximity of the events has also led to several cases of [[ArtisticLicenseHistory You Fail Rock History Forever]] as people have claimed that the songs on the album were ''inspired'' by the Kent State shootings.
* TearJerker: Zappa was reportedly quite skeptical about making music that served as this trope, though once in a blue moon, he could pull it off, as shown with "Watermelon In Easter Hay" (an instrumental from ''Joe's Garage'') and "Mom and Dad" (from ''We're Only in It for the Money'').
** Once in a blue moon nothing. 'Black Napkins', 'Zoot Allures', 'The Idiot Bastard Son'....
** In his autobiography ''The Real Frank Zappa Book'', he wrote that "Village of the Sun" struck him as a sensitive lyric, adding, "There aren't too many of those in '''MY''' catalog."
* TrueArtIsAngsty: Mostly [[AvertedTrope averted]]; he frequently derided this and stuck to comedy. However, played straight with some of his more fervent protest songs, like "Heavenly Bank Account."
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: Frequent, especially on his sound collages.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Frank made some of the most bizarre music ever recorded, but his only drugs of choice were caffeine and nicotine. All the more remarkable given he created 53 albums in the span of 20-25 years, on top of touring, managing his record company, and verbally bitch-slapping the PMRC. Oh, and raising four kids.
** As he points out, a lot of his stuff is so complex that you have to be sober to play it. For an example of what can happen, check out the London Symphony Orchestra's drunk version of "Strictly Genteel."
*** Once again - read Zappa the Hard Way. As someone who has studied Frank for more than 40 years and has extensively interviewed numerous bandmembers, family members and acquaintances, it's quite amazing the amount of wrong information that gets put out there.
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